In his home, Carlos helps by running errands and cleaning. He lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is employed and his mother is employed. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with marbles, art and listening to music are Carlos's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends Bible class and camp.
Please remember Carlos in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Carlos lives in the coastal community of Villa Adela Segunda Etapa, home to approximately 3,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, stomach infections, skin diseases, parasites, malnutrition, allergies, chicken pox and whooping cough. Most adults in Villa Adela Segunda Etapa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $159 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, adequate housing, nutritious food, public schools and libraries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Escalando Al Progreso Integral Development Center to provide Carlos with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical care, special celebrations, academic reinforcement, tutoring and family relationship counseling. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Carlos.
Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Colombia's terrain ranges from the cooler highlands to the tropical coast along the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Vast stretches of lowlands east of the mountains are thinly populated and only partially explored.
Two of Colombia's main exports are coffee and oil, though drug trafficking is a serious problem. About 73 percent of the population is urban, and most Colombians are Catholic. The racial makeup includes mestizos (Spanish and Native American), Europeans, those of black and white ancestry, and those of black and Native American ancestry. Spanish is the official language. Compassion works in Colombia's most populated northern regions.
Since its liberation from Spain in the early 19th century, Colombia has violently struggled to find its identity. In 1886, Colombia established its first constitution, which was modified and updated in 1991. The document established the basic present-day government structure consolidating the central government, ending rivalries among political factions, and creating the oldest democracy in Latin America. Yet peaceful coexistence among the multiethnic and multiparty groups in this country remains elusive. Despite a growing sense of confidence in the economy helped in part by a free trade agreement with the United States, Colombia resides in a perpetual state of political and social turmoil. Warring factions have battled for control since independence. Thousands of political figures have been massacred, and paramilitary groups that formed have installed a legacy of terrorism that ravages the country today. The National Front brought a measure of stability in the 1960s, but for all the gains made, Colombia is still plagued by political corruption, drug wars, guerrilla activity and terrorist violence.
Map of Colombia
Child's Location: South Barranquilla